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Newsflash: you're probably addicted to Facebook

Your parents probably tell you they're worried you're addicted to Facebook and Twitter. And you know what? They're probably right.

Last month an American University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania, blocked access to Twitter, Facebook and instant messaging for a week to get students thinking about their reliance on social media. 'Often there are behaviors, habits, ways we use technology that we may ourselves not even be able to articulate because we're not aware of them,' the college's Provost told NPR Radio in the US.

So how did it go? Well, it turned out everyone was pretty much addicted. 'Students realized that social media, especially Facebook and instant messaging, if not managed properly, can take over their lives,' says the provost. Students kept sneaking out of lessons to check Facebook on their smartphones. Some students even accused the college of infringing their freedom of speech.

What do you think - could you cope?

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